Highlights Israel Tour

12 days / 11 nights - Israel

Tour:

Highlights Israel Tour

The 12 days Highlights Israel Tour is a memorable experience exploring all the top sites featuring Israel's Jewish and Christian connection .

Details:

12 days / 11 nights

Fitness level:

Moderate

Frequency:

Weekly - Every Wednesday

Category:

Classic Tour

Ratings:

5/5

About This Tour

Embark on a once in a lifetime tour by joining our Highlights Israel Tour of 12 days. This,  program highlights the sacred Christian and Jewish sites Israel has to offer. We encourage you to browse through the Deluxe Classic Israel Tour program and see for yourself.

Highlights Israel Tour - Program

Day 1 – Wednesday:  Arrival for the Highlights Israel Tour

  • Welcome to beautiful Israel!
  • We will arrive at Ben Gurion airport and be met and assisted by a Shalom Journeys representative before proceeding to passport control.
  • Following passport control, we will be transferred to our hotel in coastal Tel Aviv.
  • Depending on our arrival time, we will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
  • A day to rest up before we embark on the Highlights Israel Tour of 12 Days.

 

Highlights:

  • Arrive in Israel
  • Meet and Greet
  • Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • Leisure

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv



Day 2 – Thursday: The Birth of Modern Israel

  • Drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps Museum and memorial, considered one of the most diverse tank museums in the world.
  • Continue to Beit Guvrin National Park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site; explore parts of the archaeological remains and unique caves.
  • Proceed to Ayalon Institute, once a secret underground ammunition factory established by the “Haganah,” who were the Jewish underground movement before May 1948.
  • Continue to Weizmann House in Rehovot built in 1936, the private home and later the formal residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of the state of Israel and founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • Learn the story of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, an outstanding scientist and head of the Zionist movement for over 30 years.


Highlights:

  • Latrun Armored Corps Museum
  • Beit Guvrin
  • Ayalon Institute
  • Weizmann Institute of Science

  

Overnight Tel Aviv



Day 3 – Friday: The White City and Jaffa

  • After breakfast, we will start our day with a visit the Beit Hatfusot (Diaspora museum), the Museum of the Jewish People.
  • Proceed to tour the main streets of Tel Aviv, the business centers and the entertainment district of Israel. Continue with a stop at Rabin’s Square, the place where Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was assassinated.
  • Moving on to visit Old Jaffa, an 8000-year-old port city; visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artists’ quarter.
  • In addition, visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv that was built in 1909.
  • Lastly, we will visit the trendy neighborhood of Nahalat Benyamin. Walk the pedestrian street market filled with musicians, boutique shops and lively bars and restaurants.

 

Highlights: 

  • Diaspora
  • Rabin Square
  • Neve Tzedek
  • The Old City of Jaffa
  • Nahalat Binyamin

 

Overnight Tel Aviv



Day 4 – Saturday: Tel Aviv at Leisure

  • Have a relaxed morning to explore Tel Aviv on your own.
  • Suggested Morning: stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy Tel Aviv’s bustling Mediterranean beach culture.
  • Suggested Afternoon: visit the cultural hubs of Tel Aviv — Visit Rabin Square Memorial, the HaBimah Theater Grounds, and the classic Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv and Rothschild Blvd.


Highlights:

  • Tel Aviv Beach
  • Rabin Square
  • Habima Square

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv



Day 5 – Sunday: The Gems of Coastal Israel

  • Following our delicious breakfast, we will journey along the coastal highway to the ancient Roman capital, Caesarea.
  •  Our tour proceeds to Megiddo, which has been identified as the site of the battle of Armageddon.
  • The next stop on our tour is Daliat-el-Carmel, a Druze village. Here we will enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant.
  • To conclude the day, we will proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and the golden-domed Bahai gardens.
 

Highlights: 

  • Caesarea
  • Armageddon
  • Mount Carmel
  • Bahai Gardens

Overnight in the Galilee



Day 6 – Monday: The Wonders of the Golan Heights

  • After our Israeli breakfast, we will take a scenic drive to the mystical city of Safed also known as  the center of Jewish mysticism.
  •  Our journey continues North to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, located in the city of Kuneitra.
  • Time for some fun! Our next stop is at the Golan Winery for a tour of the facilities and some wine tasting. To conclude the day, we proceed to “Golan Magic” for a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.


Highlights:

    • Safed
    • Golan Heights
    • Golan Winery



Overnight in the Galilee


 

Day 7 – Tuesday: Walk In the Footsteps of Jesus

  • Today we begin with a visit to the city of Nazareth. Here we will visit the Church of Annunciation.
  • Our tour continues towards Tiberias; Our first stop is at Capernaum, home to Jesus, to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter.
  • We will take a short drive and visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount.
  • To conclude our tour for the day, we proceed via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue.


Highlights:

  • Church of Annunciation
  • Capernaum
  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Beit Shean
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Overnight in Jerusalem



Day 8 – Wednesday: The Old City of Jerusalem

  • We will start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from the Mount of Olives.
  • Our tour will proceed to the Old City of Jerusalem. Here we will visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of Last Supper situated atop Mount Zion.
  • From there we continue forward to enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter.
  • Some of the sites include the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter, and most notably the Western Wall.
  • Walk along the Via Delarosa to the Church of Holy Sepulcher.
  • Our tour concludes with a visit to Bethlehem, the location of Rachel’s tomb, the Church of Nativity and Manger’s Square.


Highlights:

  • Mount of Olives
  • Old City of Jerusalem
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Western Wall
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Bethlehem

 

Overnight in Jerusalem



Day 9 – Thursday: 
Loss and Renewal – New City of Jerusalem

  •  Our tour begins with a drive to the Israel Museum. Here we will visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed.
  • We will proceed for a tour of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
  • Continue to visit Mount Hertzl cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust.
  • In addition, we will drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem. A chance to learn more about their unique lifestyle.
  • In the evening enjoy dinner followed by the spectacular “Sound & Light” show at the Tower of David Museum.


Highlights:

    • Israel Museum
    • Yad Vashem
    • Mea Shearim
    • Sound and Light show

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 


Day 10 – Friday: The Dead Sea and Masada

  • Our journey continues through the Judean hills to the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.
  • From here we continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.
  • We will ascend Masada by cable car and explore the mountain fortress built by King Herod. Some notable sites include the remains of the walls, water cistern, and Herod’s Palace.
  • We will descend by cable car and continue to the Dead Sea, where we can float in the unsinkable water and bathe in the famous mineral-rich mud.


Highlights: 

  • Qumran Caves
  • Masada Fortress
  • The Dead Sea

 

Overnight in Jerusalem



Day 11 – Saturday: At Leisure in Jerusalem

  • Optional Morning: Return to the Old City and tour the Christian Quarter.
  • Suggested Afternoon: Visit Jerusalem’s First Station (on own).
  • Suggested Evening: Discover Jerusalem nightlife at Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall, the German Colony, the Russian Compound and beyond (on own).

 

Overnight in Jerusalem


 

Day 12 – Sunday: Farewell from Israel

  • Following our last breakfast, depending on our departure we will enjoy the day at leisure before heading to the airport for our flight home.
  • Leave Israel with lifelong memories!

 

Shalom and thank you for joining us on our 12 days Highlights Israel Tour!

11 nights hotel accommodations

  • 4 nights – at Hotels in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights – at a kibbutz in the Galilee
  • 5 nights – at Hotels in Jerusalem
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Guiding and transportation

  • A licensed English speaking guide
  • 8 days of touring
  • A luxurious motor-coach throughout
  • Entrances to all sites and parks, while touring

 

Transfers

  • Meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Transfer from Ben Gurion Airport hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Transfer from hotel in Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport

Meals

  • Israeli style buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners at a kibbutz in the Galilee
  • Dinner in Jerusalem + Sound and Light Show
  • 1 lunch with swim/spa at the Dead Sea

Coronavirus (COVID-19):  An Update on Shalom Journeys Operations

Due to the public health situation and the associated directives issued by the US Government, CDC, WHO, and Israel’s Ministry of Health, we have postponed our 2020 trips until September 1, whereby tours are on a request only basis. These decisions are difficult, and as we continue to monitor the situation, we will update our availability accordingly. We thank you for sticking by and staying safe!

To get more information about this tour and future dates please do not hesitate to contact us:


 

2020 & 2021 Available Dates
Start Date
End Date
Availability 
Reserve
October 14, 2020October 25, 2020On Request
October 21, 2020November 1, 2020On Request
October 28, 2020November 8, 2020On Request
November 4, 2020November 15, 2020On Request
November 11, 2020November 22, 2020On Request
November 18, 2020November 29, 2020On Request
November 25, 2020December 6, 2020On Request
December 2, 2020December 13, 2020On Request
December 9, 2020December 20, 2020On Request
December 16, 2020December 27, 2020On Request
December 23, 2020January 3, 2021On Request
December 30, 2020January 10, 2021On Request
January 6, 2021January 17, 2021On Request
January 13, 2021January 24, 2021On Request
January 20, 2021January 31, 2021On Request
January 27, 2021February 7, 2021On Request
February 3, 2021February 14, 2021On Request
February 10, 2021February 21, 2021On Request
February 17, 2021February 28, 2021On Request
February 24, 2021March 7, 2021On Request
Highlights of Israel Tour – Hotel Packages

All prices are based on a per-person basis for two people sharing one double room or one person staying in a single room. Triple rooms (3 people sharing) are also available.


CitiesPlan A – Deluxe +Plan B – DeluxePlan C – SuperiorPlan D – SuperiorPlan E – Moderate
Tel AvivDan Tel AvivCarlton Tel AvivRenaissanceDan PanoramaPrima City
GalileeKibbutz LaviKibbutz LaviKibbutz LaviKibbutz LaviKibbutz Lavi
JerusalemKing DavidInbalOrientDan PanoramaPrima Kings
Per personPer personPer personPer personPer person
Room TypeDoubleSingleDoubleSingleDoubleSingleDoubleSingleDoubleSingle
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P.O.R (price on request)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure

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2020 & 2021 Available Dates
Start Date
End Date
Availability 
Reserve
October 14, 2020October 25, 2020On Request
October 21, 2020November 1, 2020On Request
October 28, 2020November 8, 2020On Request
November 4, 2020November 15, 2020On Request
November 11, 2020November 22, 2020On Request
November 18, 2020November 29, 2020On Request
November 25, 2020December 6, 2020On Request
December 2, 2020December 13, 2020On Request
December 9, 2020December 20, 2020On Request
December 16, 2020December 27, 2020On Request
December 23, 2020January 3, 2021On Request
December 30, 2020January 10, 2021On Request
January 6, 2021January 17, 2021On Request
January 13, 2021January 24, 2021On Request
January 20, 2021January 31, 2021On Request
January 27, 2021February 7, 2021On Request
February 3, 2021February 14, 2021On Request
February 10, 2021February 21, 2021On Request
February 17, 2021February 28, 2021On Request
February 24, 2021March 7, 2021On Request
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